Professor of Music Theory
Chair, Music Theory DepartmentDepartment:
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Professor Steven Laitz has served as a faculty member in Eastman’s Theory Department since 1989, and chaired the Department between 2001-2007 and, in 2014, was re-appointed as chair. Laitz is also Associate Chair of Chair of Theory and Analysis at the Juilliard School. From 2002-2011, he served at Eastman as an Affiliate Faculty Member in Eastman’s Chamber Music Department where he has offered courses including the String Quartets of Bartok, which he co-taught with the Ying Quartet, and in 2012 co-taught with Robert Swensen a course on German Lieder. From 1998 to 2008, Laitz taught on the piano faculty at the Chautauqua Institution, where he lectured on analysis and performance issues and taught piano.
Since 2008, Laitz has been invited to present lectures, workshops, and lecture recitals at institutions around the world, including: the Juilliard School, St. Olaf College, Florida Gulf Coast University, Emory University, University of Missouri, SUNY Geneseo,. In 2009 he toured four Chinese conservatories as part of Eastman’s “China Connection,” including Xinghai Conservatory (Guangzhou), XiAn Conservatory, and China Conservatory and Ren-Min University (both in Beijing) where he lectured both on theory pedagogy and on analysis and performance.
Laitz has presented conference papers at national and regional meetings of the Society of Music Theory, College Music Society, the Music Teachers’ National Association, the Honolulu Piano Teachers’ Association, and internationally, including the Australian Musicological Society and, in 2013, the Amsterdam Conservatory of Music. He has served as keynote speaker at the Music Theory Society of New York State and the Mid-Atlantic Regional meeting of the College Music Society, From 2001 to the present he has been actively involved in the Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy, first as a member of the Editorial Review Board, then, as Reviews Editor, and, since 2009, as Editor in Chief of the journal, and since 2011, has served as Executive Editor of Music Theory Pedagogy Online. In 2013, Laitz was appointed Director of the Gail Boyd de Stwolinski Center for Music Theory Pedagogy at the University of Oklahoma.
In 2003 Laitz published The Complete Musician: An Integrated Approach to Tonal Theory, Analysis and Listening for Oxford University Press, which is presently in its third edition. In 2014 a Chinese translation of the Complete Musician will be published by the Hunan Literature and Art Publishing House. His textbook, Graduate Review of Tonal Theory: A Recasting of Common-Practice Harmony, Form, and Counterpoint (co-authored with Christopher Bartlette), appeared in 2009, also for Oxford University Press. Laitz’ innovative web course “Music Theory Fundamentals in Four Weeks” was launched by the Eastman School’s Institute for Music Leadership in 2009 and is available on the School’s website.